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College Closing at Noon; Third Shift to Report at 10:30 p.m.
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Penn College is closing at noon today (Tuesday, March 3). Third-shift employees should report for work at 10:30 p.m. For more, check the myPCT portal or the college’s emergency guidelines.

Dining Services: CC Commons will be open from 5-8 p.m., Capitol Eatery until 8:30 p.m., Wildcat Express will close at 10 p.m., Fuel is open ’til 11 p.m., and Keystone Dining Room will close at 1 p.m. All other units will close with the college.

Madigan Library will be open until 10 p.m.

The Fitness Center will be open until 11 p.m.; yoga and zumba classes are canceled.

Also canceled are the Student Government Association election information session and the Women’s Leadership Panel, both originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m., as well as the 4:30 p.m. Women in STEM reception.

Impact Fees to Fund $15,000 in Regional ShaleNET Scholarships

Pennsylvania College of Technology will provide $15,000 in ShaleNET scholarships to veterans, unemployed and underemployed residents of Bradford County.

The scholarships are made possible by Act 13 funding – fees levied on each gas well drilled in the Marcellus Shale formation – that were recently approved by the Bradford County Commissioners.

In an agreement similar to those enacted for residents of Lycoming and Tioga counties, Penn College will offer tuition-free training – $1,000 for each of 15 qualified Bradford County students – to provide the basic skills and certifications required for entry-level employment in the oil and natural gas industry.

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Visiting Chef Series and Hospitality Students: A Palatable Pairing
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Culinary arts and systems students Sarae D. Davis (left), of Nescopeck, and Brianna R. Helmick, of Hershey, help to assemble a “trout napoleon” for the first course.

The School of Business & Hospitality welcomed three guests during the latest edition of its Visiting Chef Series last week. Brian McClure, beverage director of The Greenbriar, a luxury resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, worked with the school’s faculty to develop a menu that exemplified how wine can be paired with foods that are salty, sweet, sour, bitter or umami. He then visited the school last week to share his expertise with students and with guests at the Visiting Chef Dinner, where he introduced each course and its accompanying wine and circulated to speak with guests about the pairings. Also sharing their know-how with students were Laura Tornichio-Vidal, northeast territory sales manager for Guittard Chocolate (which donates all of the chocolate the school uses each year) and Amy Rosenfield, owner of Mon Aimee Chocolat, a retail specialty shop in Pittsburgh (and the regional distributor for Guittard). The pair offered two chocolate-tasting sessions to School of Business & Hospitality students and employees, helping them to discern flavors and textures in chocolate and how they  might be paired with other flavors. The five-course Visiting Chef Series dinner on Friday, prepared and served by students and faculty, raised funds for student scholarships.

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Penn College and WVIA to Host Workshop for Educators

Connecting career awareness to secondary school classroom activities will be the focus of an upcoming workshop for educators presented by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media.

Teachers, school counselors and other interested educators are invited to attend “Working Class: Promoting Classroom and Career Connections” on Friday, April 24, from 9-11 a.m. at WVIA Public Media Studios in Pittston.

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Grab a Dose of Spring Before Exhibit Closes

A child's wonder takes root in a blanket of sunshine yellow.

A child’s wonder takes root in a blanket of sunshine yellow.

A captivated mind asks, "How DOES that garden grow?"

A captivated mind asks, “How DOES that garden grow?”

Mother-daughter smiles that could warm the harshest winter

Mother-daughter smiles that could warm the harshest winter

For the second time since the exhibit opened in mid-January, Jessica A. Justice, a 2008 nursing alumna, brought her 4-month-old daughter, Piper, for a visit to “Line: Drawn and Stitched” at The Gallery at Penn College. Showcasing intricate thread installations by Toronto artist Amanda McCavour, the show closes Thursday. Located on the third floor of the Madigan Library, the exhibit can be enjoyed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 2-7 p.m. Thursday. Justice, a Williamsport resident, is an obstetrics nurse at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg.

Penn College Part of Another Successful THON

Penn College's student THON contingent included (from left) MacKenzie L. Martin, of Thompsontown; dancers Stephanie C. Myers and Sarah M. Luprek; campus chair Emma J. Sutterlin, of State College, holding Zoey Witmer, daughter of Katelyn A. Keefer, of Northumberland; Brianna M. Young, of Fayetteville, N.C.; and James S. Alger, of Campbelltown.

Penn College’s student THON contingent included (from left) MacKenzie L. Martin, of Thompsontown; dancers Stephanie C. Myers and Sarah M. Luprek; campus chair Emma J. Sutterlin, of State College, holding Zoey Witmer, daughter of Katelyn A. Keefer, of Northumberland; Brianna M. Young, of Fayetteville, N.C.; and James S. Alger, of Campbelltown.

Another portrait of encouragement: Clockwise from left are Lillian L. "Lily" Pakradooni, of Shillington; Satterlin and Witmer; Brieona R. Broadwater, of Berlin; and Young.

Another portrait of encouragement: Clockwise from left are Lillian L. “Lily” Pakradooni, of Shillington; Satterlin and Witmer; Brieona R. Broadwater, of Berlin; and Young.

“For the kids” (and for its second consecutive year), Penn College sent two dancers and an invaluable support network of cheerleading friends, classmates and donors to the recent Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon – more simply known as THON. The nation’s largest student-run philanthropy, the yearlong effort raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. Representing Penn College Benefiting THON on the floor of the 46-hour dance marathon, held in late February at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center to benefit the Four Diamonds Fundwere Sarah M. Luprek, of Berlin, enrolled in health arts: practical nursing emphasis, and Stephanie C. Myers, a culinary arts and systems major from Catawissa. “THON was an amazing experience for me, especially as a freshman. I would do it again if I got the chance,” Myers said. “It was great to see the smiles on the children’s faces during the weekend. For those 46 hours, it was like they were just normal kids having the times of their lives. Being able to just hang out with those kids for a little bit is something special, and I am proud to have represented Penn College at THON.” The Penn College organization held a number of fundraisers throughout the year, coupled with street-side collections and online donations, contributing to THON’s overall total of $13,026,653.53.
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Student-Athletes Mentor Girls at ‘Women in Sports Day’ Event
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Kaitlyn M. Young, of Harrisonburg, Va., shares the proper way to set a volleyball ...

Student-athletes from several Penn College teams shared their knowledge and love of sports with two-dozen girls who attended clinics in Bardo Gymnasium on Saturday. Groups of first- through sixth-graders rotated among three stations set up throughout the gym, having fun – and learning fundamentals – from their encouraging and enthusiastic “coaches.” Representing the Lady Wildcats during the inaugural Women in Sports Day were Chelsea M. Burger, Danielle M. Mowery, Anna-Marie Raybuck, Hanna C. Schoenly and Jamie L. Steer, basketball; Robyn E. Beddow, Jordan A. Courter, Hailee L. Hartman and Hanna M. Williams, soccer; and Sophie M. Coldsmith, Keri D. Fargus and Kaitlyn M. Young, volleyball.

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Penn College Baseball, Softball Teams Set for Division III Play

Someone once sang, “Nothing would be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning,” and Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball coach Chris Howard and softball coach Roger Harris couldn’t agree more.

Howard’s baseball team is scheduled to open its season Friday with a single game at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, before playing eight games over five days in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Harris’ softball squad is also headed to Myrtle Beach, where it will play nine games over five days. As the season progresses, both teams will compete for the first time as provisional members of NCAA Division III in the North Eastern Athletic Conference.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Penn College Awarded Gold for Centennial Marketing Campaign

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s efforts to publicize its 2014 Centennial celebration were honored with a Gold Award in the 30th Annual Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report.

Penn College received a Gold Award in the Total Public Relations Program category for a submission that included a variety of Centennial-related works produced during the 2014 calendar year.

Among the materials submitted for judging were a documentary film, “Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-On Education”; a commemorative book, “Marketing With a Mission: Building the Brand That Became Pennsylvania’s Premier Technical College”; Centennial banners; brochures, posters, fliers, programs and invitations created for various campus events; paid advertisements; a Centennial calendar; website content; and an effort targeting multiple social media platforms.

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‘French Favorites’ Bake Sale Set for Wednesday

The Advanced Patisserie Operations class will hold a “French Favorites” bake sale – the fourth of eight sales scheduled for the Spring 2015 semester – from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday in Le Jeune Patissier at the Market (in the West Third Street hallway of the Carl Building Technologies Center). Student managers are baking and pastry arts majors Shannon E. Croney, of Lake Ariel; Rebecca L. Rizzo, of Palmyra; and Janell E. Gibbs, of Beach Lake. Join Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, and students for artisan breads, pastries and candies. A product list, including instructions for pre-ordering a specialty cake by Monday’s noon deadline, follows: French Favorites

Caleb G. Schirmer Named ‘Student of the Month’ at Penn College

Caleb G. Schirmer

Caleb G. Schirmer, of Sugarloaf, a technology management major at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been chosen as the February Student of the Month.

Schirmer, who earned an associate degree in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis in 2014, is president of the Off-Campus Housing Organization and secretary of Students Making a Contribution.

He is also a member of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ), a Student Government Association senator from the School of Business & Hospitality, and an English tutor in Penn College’s Writing Center. He supports a number of additional student organizations, including the Horticulture Club and Penn College Benefiting THON.

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New Penn College Major Designed for Future Sport & Event Managers

A new concentration in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s suite of business administration majors is designed to help prepare those who seek a management career in the sports or events industries.

The bachelor’s degree in business administration: sport and event management concentration is built around a strong business core, providing students with an extensive background in the areas of marketing, finance, accounting, human resources and management, accompanied by a detailed focus on both sport and event activities.

“This is a big growth area in industry,” said Chip D. Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration/management at Penn College.

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IT Students Share Strategies for Staying Safe Online

William C. Blessing talks about the malicious methods employed to compromise computer security.

William C. Blessing talks about the malicious methods employed to compromise computer security.

Zachary L. Lundberg addresses the benefits (and more than occasional pitfalls) of geolocation, which pinpoints and shares one's physical whereabouts.

Zachary L. Lundberg addresses the benefits (and more than occasional pitfalls) of geolocation, which pinpoints and shares one’s physical whereabouts.

Several "cloud"-based systems for information backup are assessed by Adam T. Check.

Several “cloud”-based systems for information backup are assessed by Adam T. Check.

David M. Mossop (left) and Jeremy W. Rennicks cover multiple security considerations, including password strength, wireless security and the endless shelf life of Internet posts.

David M. Mossop (left) and Jeremy W. Rennicks cover multiple security considerations, including password strength, wireless security and the endless shelf life of Internet posts.

Members of Penn College’s Information Security Association observed Data Privacy Month on Wednesday with brief presentations on relevant topics about online protection. Intended mainly as a peer-to-peer supplement to the introductory Information, Technology and Society course, the afternoon program included valuable tips for anyone concerned about his or her digital footprint. Sharing their knowledge in the Student & Administrative Services Center were William C. Blessing, of Muncy; Zachary L. Lundberg, of Warren; Adam T. Check, of Great Falls, Virginia; David M. Mossop, of Newark, Delaware; and Jeremy W. Rennicks, of Williamsport. Blessing is enrolled in the information technology: network security concentration; the others major in information technology: information assurance and security concentration.

Live TV Show to Feature College’s Chief Academic Officer

Paul L. Starkey

Paul L. Starkey

WPSU

WPSU

Paul L. Starkey, Penn College’s vice president for academic affairs/provost, will be a guest on WPSU-TV’s “Conversations LIVE” program at 8 p.m. Thursday. In the hourlong program, host Patty Satalia will discuss career and vocational education with Starkey and the other scheduled guest, David L. Passmore, distinguished professor of education and operations research at Penn State. They’ll answer questions from the host and from viewers.

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